Drumming Research & Articles

“Patterned, repetitive, rhythmic somatosensory activity… elicits a sensation of safety. Rhythm is regulating. All cultures have some form of patterned, repetitive rhythmic activity as part of their healing and mourning rituals — dancing, drumming, and swaying." ”

Dr. Bruce Perry M.D., Ph.D., Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy

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A strong sense of group identity and a feeling of belonging is created because participants are actively making music together and because the sustained repetition of the steady beat brings people together physically, emotionally, and mentally (rhythmic entrainment).”

Dr. Barry Bittman M.D.

Drumming emphasizes self-expression, teaches how to rebuild emotional health, and addresses issues of violence and conflict through expression and integration of emotions.”

Ed Mikenas

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Drumming produces physiological, psycho- logical, and social stimulation that enhances recovery processes.”

Michael Winkelman, PhD, MPH

Group drumming facilitated an outlet through ‘drumming out the rage’ as an acceptable way of expression.”

Moshe Bensimon, Ph.D. a , ∗ , Dorit Amir, D.A., ACMT b , Yuval Wolf, Ph.D. a , c

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